# Return over a single period

## Description

In finance, return is a profit on an investment. return is also used to refer to a profit on an investment, expressed as a proportion of the amount invested. This is also called the holding period return. Rate of return is a profit on an investment over a period of time, expressed as a proportion of the original investment. The return, or rate of return, can be calculated over a single period.

Related formulas## Variables

r | Return (dimensionless) |

V_{s} | Final value, including dividends and interest (dimensionless) |

V_{i} | Initial value (dimensionless) |